May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Framing Our Future with Gov. Glendening

Please join us to hear former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening speak on the topic of "Shared Regional Prosperity: A Vision For Our Future" on May 10th!

Gov. Glendening will discuss how Lancaster County communities can continue to thrive for the next 25 years, if they work together to achieve their goals. Having served as a municipal official, the governor is familiar with the challenges facing local governments. He is now with Smart Growth America, a nonprofit organization that promotes strategic thinking to build better towns and cities.

The May 10 event caps off an 18-month effort to learn what is important to the county’s residents. Over 6,000 of you have contributed your ideas – thank you! At the event, displays and interactive exercises will highlight what we've heard from you so far, and explain some of the tough choices ahead for Lancaster County. 

RSVP here!

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Mar
30
8:00 AM08:00

Education Community Breakfast

What does growth mean for our schools?

The Lancaster County Coalition for Smart Growth in partnership with the Lancaster County Planning Commission and Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition is hosting a breakfast meeting for the Lancaster County education community - school districts, administrators, and board members. The purpose of this meeting is to present information and collect your input for the development of the new county comprehensive plan, places2040 - a plan for Lancaster County.

Places2040 will contain policies and priorities that will impact the future growth of school districts. It is important for the county to get your feedback on this planning effort. The following important issues will be discussed, with an opportunity to provide feedback that will assist with finalizing Lancaster County's Comprehensive Plan:

  • Transportation
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Agriculture/farmland
  • Business development
  • Parks/trails and open spaces
  • Resource sharing
  • Growth management/land use scenarios

A light breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP online here.

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Mar
28
8:00 AM08:00

Developers & Designers Breakfast

Does your business build and shape Lancaster County?

The Lancaster County Coalition for Smart Growth in partnership with the Lancaster County Planning Commission and Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition is hosting a breakfast meeting for developers, architects, landscape architects and designers. The purpose of this meeting is to present information and collect your input for the development of the new county comprehensive plan, places2040 - a plan for Lancaster County.

Places2040 will contain policies and priorities that will impact the future of our community. At this meeting, you will hear about the input that has already been collected in community meetings and surveys and have an opportunity to discuss the priorities the community has identified. You will also see several possible growth and land use scenarios and provide your feedback on the opportunities and challenges of each. It is important for the county to get your feedback on this planning effort. The following important issues will be discussed:

  • Transportation
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Agriculture/farmland
  • Business development
  • Parks/trails and open spaces
  • Resource sharing
  • Growth management/land use scenarios

Please register online here.

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Mar
21
8:00 AM08:00

Municipal Leadership Breakfast

How can Lancaster County communities preserve what we love about our county as we move into the future?

The Lancaster County Coalition for Smart Growth in partnership with the Lancaster County Planning Commission and Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition is hosting a breakfast meeting for municipal officials. The purpose of this meeting is to present information and collect feedback for the new county comprehensive plan, places2040 - a plan for Lancaster County.

Places2040 will contain policies and priorities that will impact the future of our community. At this meeting, you will hear about the input that has already been collected in community meetings and surveys and have an opportunity to discuss the priorities the community has identified. You will also see several possible growth and land use scenarios and provide your feedback on the opportunities and challenges of each. It is important for the county to get your feedback on this planning effort. The following important issues will be discussed:

  • Transportation
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Agriculture/farmland
  • Business development
  • Parks/trails and open spaces
  • Resource sharing
  • Growth management/land use scenarios

A light breakfast will be served.

Please register here.

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Jun
4
10:00 AM10:00

National Trails Day Celebration

National Trails Day is a celebration of America's magnificent trail system. Join us on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 to celebrate the new section of the North West Lancaster County River Trail. Walk, run, bike, or hike the new section of the trail from Columbia to Marietta. We'll begin at 10 am with a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newest section of trail in Columbia River Park. From there we will hit the trail to explore stations that highlight the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the lower Susquehanna River. Bring your friends and enjoy some outdoor adventure!

Free parking is available in the meadow next to Columbia River Park, at the Locust & Front Street lot and along Commerce Street. 

Visit http://parivertowns.com/m/events/view/National-Trails-Day-Event for more information. 

This event is organized by the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape which includes partners such as the Lancaster County Conservancy, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Susquehanna Heritage, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Lancaster General Health's Lighten Up Lancaster County initiative, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Conoy Township, Lancaster County Parks and Columbia Borough.

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Jan
19
5:30 PM17:30

Youth Professional Network (YPN) Mixer


Lancaster County is a special place. While it still has the great qualities we all recognize, it's constantly changing. Over the past 15 years, we've seen changes in people, jobs, housing, infrastructure, transportation and treasured resources. Every so often, communities need to take stock of where they are and establish a new vision for the future. 

Join us for a community conversation about the County's 'Places2040 plan' for a chance to ensure that all of us are working together to make Lancaster County a better place.

During the YPN Mixer, you'll be given an informal snapshot of Lancaster County as it exists today, and the journey we've taken to get here. It doesn't offer any solutions to the issues we face, because that's where you come in, especially as young professionals. As young professionals the decisions made today about Lancaster County will have a significant and lasting impact on your generation and the generations behind. You'll learn how you can get involved by simply taking a quick survey, have your questions answered by members of the County Planning Commission and begin the discussions on how we can work together to find the solutions. 

Can't make it right at 5:30 p.m.? We will hold two short presentations throughout the evening. The cost to attend is $7 and includes appetizers and one complimentary drink ticket.

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places2040 Kickoff!
Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

places2040 Kickoff!

  • Lancaster County Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How would you make Lancaster County a better place?

Join us to kick off places2040, a community conversation about the future of Lancaster County. At this event, we'll present what's changed in Lancaster County since 2002 and explain how this will inform our new comprehensive plan. Then, featured speaker Ed McMahon (Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute) will inspire us about what's possible in the future for Lancaster County. Finally, we will have interactive map activities where you can learn about the relationships between where you live, work, and play.


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